Militants kill 3 civilians in J&K's Baramulla, Police say motive ‘unclear’

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Unidentified militants have killed three civilians (all under the age of 23 years) at Iqbal Market Khanpora, old town Baramulla on the evening of April 30 in Jammu and Kashmir police said.

Motive of the incident is still unclear and police even refused to speak about the same.

All the victims of the Baramulla gunmen attack were residents of Kakar Hamam and identified as Asif Ahmad Sheikh, Haseeb Ahmad Khan and Mohammad Asgar,

“Preliminary investigation reveals the role of the Lashkar-e-Taiba behind the incident. One Pakistan-based and two other local militants of Baramulla are the principal suspects in this case and are already wanted by law. The police have started investigation into the matter,” said Police spokesman.

State Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed deepest condolences to the families of the victims and said she was ‘distressed’.

 While National Conference (NC) working president Omar Abdullah asked separatists to issue condemnation for the incident.

NC president Abdullah tweeted “3 civilians have been murdered by terrorists in Baramulla just now. I’d like to see the separatist leaders issue the sort of condemnation they usually reserve for when civilians are killed by security forces.